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Happy Friday! How has your week been?


October is my favorite month. Between the winds and rains of last week and the currently grey skies, we enjoyed the most beautiful days of fall out here in Seattle. Blue skies, sunshine, vibrantly colored trees, and crunchy leaves on the ground. As Anne of Green Gables said, “I am so glad I get to live in a world where there are Octobers.”

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Be the Good

I have a huge favor to ask you. Social media, as much as we complain about it, has the power to reach thousands of people. The husband of one of my graduate school friends needs a kidney transplant. Please share the link to their donation page below on your social media! Please keep Christine and Mike in your prayers as well:


“So Long, Meb” by Martin Fritz Huber for Outside. 

Meb runs his final professional marathon next weekend at the New York City Marathon, which he won back in 2009. Meb has been and will always be one of my favorite elite runners – my running role model, even – for not just how he runs (smart, strategic racing) but for his longevity, his perseverance his humility, his joy. Meb is the refugee-turned-American who gave our nation and our running community exactly what we needed to cope with the tragedy of the Boston bombings. When he tripped just before the finish line at the Rio Olympics, he showed us exactly what good sportsmanship looks like by laughing and doing push-ups as a joke. He does not just push the boundaries of our show – he demonstrates what it means to live out your everyday life filled with joy.

We’ll miss you, Meb.


Are you running a Turkey Trot or other holiday run this year? Whether you are running your first Turkey Trot or are a seasoned veteran of the holiday race, be sure to check out my latest post over at Rainier Fruit’s blog. I’m sharing tips for how to make the most of your Turkey Trot race.

Some year I will run a Turkey Trot! The past two years, Thanksgiving has fallen just 10 days before CIM. Last year, Ryan, Ollie, and I ran our own little turkey trot in the rain.

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Marlo ran her first post-injury marathon and finished with a strong finishing kick!

Natalie ran her first marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon!

I’ll leave you with this photo of Ollie, who was waiting for Ryan to come home last Friday. My marathon training is turning him into one muscular dog!

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14 Responses

  1. I’ve never run a Turkey Trot. The only ones we have here are put on by large race organization companies – lots of swag and really expensive (I get that the target audience is a little different, but not my cup of tea). So, I just do my own personal turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning 🙂

  2. I love the month of October but it’s still ridiculously hot here. Anne of Green Gables wouldn’t have said that if she lived in Charleston.

    I have run two Turkey Trots, both 5Ks. I won the last one I did, it was a small race. I love turkey trots, you get to be with your running friends during the morning and your family in the afternoon, and it gives you a reason to eat more (gotta refuel!). I get it that you have a marathon coming up, but you really should do one, even if it’s just for fun or as a workout. I was injured last year and couldn’t.

  3. please send me that link by text later if you can so i can share it on my personal twitter (computer is linked right now only to work twitter lol). i saw about men – why is this his final marathon? i didn’t read enough to see what reasons were.

  4. I haven’t decided if I am going to participate in a turkey trot… but I’ll probably be logging some miles that day either way 😉

  5. October has been amazing for weather! I’m afraid November will Ben the opposite – wet and cold. I hope to do the local turkey trot this year. Last year we did a run/wall with the whole family. The kids had a blast!

  6. The Turkey Trot is my goal race for the year – it’s the only one I’ll (fingers crossed) be thoroughly trained for.

    Either December or January is probably my favorite month. Fall is beautiful but I don’t handle transition seasons very well…I need relatively stable temperatures.

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